1 was the first day of a 20-day special
legislative session in Florida to focus on issues such as Medicaid expansion,
appropriations, transportation and taxes.
On the first day of the
special session, the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Sen.
Aaron Bean (R-FL), passed S.B.
2-A, the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange (FHIX) Program.
has the fourth-largest Medicaid program in the country. Medicaid currently
- 20% of Florida’s
- 27% of Florida’s
- 62.2% of Florida’s
- 69% of Florida’s nursing homes days.
The FHIX program will offer health care coverage to
an estimated 800,000 uninsured, low-income Floridians earning less than 138% of
the federal poverty level (FPL). Under FHIX, enrollees will receive a premium
credit to shop for plans, services and products on the FHIX marketplace.
Enrollees may also access plans on the federally facilitated marketplace, all
products and services from Florida Health Choices, products offered by the
Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and employer-sponsored plans. There is a
provision for pediatric dental care under the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.
Enrollees would also be provided with a health reimbursement or health savings
To be eligible, participants are required to
complete an initial application for coverage, which includes proof of
employment, on-the-job training, or placement activities, including
registration with CareerSource Florida, or pursuit of educational opportunities
at a minimum hourly level.
Additionally, the bill provides the Agency for
Health Care Administration (AHCA)
with authority to seek federal approval to implement the FHIX program.
on June 5, the legislative debate over S.B. 2-A ended as the bill
to pass the full House.